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While the Bush administration is trying hard to make the UN obsolete, one of our nations best ambassadors is being warmly welcomed!
Too bad people like this can't get elected to national political office.
FRANTI MEETS WITH WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) STAFFERS AT HEADQUARTERS IN GENEVA:
COMPELLING 'I KNOW I'M NOT ALONE' DOCUMENTARY SPARKS EMOTIONAL MEETINGS ON THE HUMAN COST OF WAR'
Michael Franti spent two days meeting with World Health Organization (WHO) staffers and members of the United Nations. The meetings took place at the WHO Building at the United Nations Complex in Geneva.
After a personal viewing of Franti's captivating documentary WHO staffer, Dr. Paul Kowal, was moved to invite Franti to be part of a panel on "The Human Face of Conflict and Health: Impact on Health Care Systems" at the WHO headquarters. I Know I'm Not Alone chronicles Franti's journey to the Middle East in 2004 and features compelling footage of the war -torn nations that he visited and the effects that war has on the human population.
"Although war is the most politically weighted subject one could ever take on, I did not want to make a political movie," says Franti.
"Instead, I wanted to make a film about people, and the things they do to overcome the stresses of war and occupation: chief among these being friendship, humour, art and music."
The panel, which consisted of 50 WHO staffers and members of the United Nations, discussed Franti's film, recent and upcoming WHO activities and the ways in which health is a "bridge to peace." The panel was also treated to a screening of I Know I'm Not Alone which moved staff to tears, and a special two song performance from Franti including an unreleased song "Lifesaver" that was written while Franti was visiting Iraq.
Over the course of the two day period, Franti also met with eight WHO Health Leadership Officers from Tanzania, India, Syria, China and other countries from around the world.